What is Cajun Seasoning?
Cajun cuisine is known for its bold flavors and spicy dishes that typically contain seafood, chicken, rice and many aromatic seasonings. Though this recipe does not call for heat, Cajun seasonings often incorporate seasonings like paprika, and cayenne pepper, so feel free to spice it up!
The fusion of cultures that have influenced New Orleans cuisine have created a unique and bold flavor profile typical to the southern part of Louisiana. The port city has Spanish, African, French, Native American and Caribbean influences in their culture and food. Defined by the aromatic and spicy seasonings, New Orleans cruising has its own unique flavor specific to the area. There are many easy dishes you can try, such as our Speedy Chicken Gumbo or this Chicken Creole recipe!
Choosing the Right Ingredients
Quality ingredients are very important, especially when buying poultry. To ensure you are buying quality chicken breasts, check for a consistent shape, and make sure they are firm. Do not buy chicken that smells unpleasant, has bruises or discoloration, or has a slimy texture. Ensuring the chicken is cooked through is crucial . To avoid eating raw meat, cut into the middle to check if it’s done: if it is still pink inside, put it back in the skillet!
Thyme has a unique and savory taste that complements many proteins, including chicken, beef, and turkey. It is best to use fresh thyme when cooking, as it has a stronger flavor than the dried alternative. Fresh thyme can be found at many grocery stores, or you can easily grow it at home in a backyard garden or windowsill planter.
To prepare fresh thyme for cooking, remove the leaves from the stem by holding the stem at the top and gently sliding your thumb and forefinger down the stem in the opposite direction of the leaves. This will quickly and easily remove the leaves, which can then be used in your recipe.
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